It’s no secret that we have a lot of drug treatment centers saturated in California but when you ask someone about drug addiction treatment centers they’ll say there’s barely that many out there. When you look at the whole country on a macro level per the amount of people who are dying and struggling with addictions, the numbers don’t match up. When they say there’s 8 to 10 million people using illicit drugs and that there are 25 million people addicted to alcohol those are only the reported numbers. There’s also the unreported, unrecognized, unnoticed numbers that are not being taken into account.
To find a drug rehab center the first and foremost way is the old school version of finding a service – getting a direct referral from someone you care about – a friend, a family member, a loved one, or a coworker. When someone says, “This happened to my loved one and this place saved their life,” or if a family member says, “the people at this place value what they do, they’re compassionate, loving, caring, they’ll go the extra mile,” or a loved one says, “we had a wonderful experience at this facility,” get a direct referral from them!
If you’ve been hiding your addiction from your loved ones and haven’t been open with people, another way to find a drug rehab center is to check with your insurance. You can see what facilities near you are in network with your insurance because when they’re in network you might have an opportunity to get better rates and lower deductibles. If finance is one of the barriers to access to treatment an in-network option provides less barriers to access treatment due to cost.
Can a facility be out of network and still be a good facility? Absolutely! Not every facility is in network with all the different insurance providers. Buckeye Recovery Network is in network with two or three different providers but even when someone from out of network comes to us we still do good work. Our goal is to be a network with more but it’s a process to get there.
If you don’t have private insurance, or HMOs or PPOs, you can go the Medicaid route. There are treatment centers available through Medicaid however it may be difficult trying to use your Medicaid to get some treatment where the waiting lists are months and months long, the availability is low and the quality of care is sometimes not there because these facilities are struggling to not only operate on a day-to-day basis, but they’re also struggling to pay and retain good staff members.
These days people can provide fake reviews in any industry. You can go to a company’s website or their google page and look at their reviews. If you’re a human being and an adult you’re intelligent enough to read and see what’s fake and what’s not. You can look at the responses by the facility or the owner.
Full disclosure: every single review that Buckeye Recovery Network gets, as one of the partners of the company I’m the one that goes and responds to each and every one of them. I know every single person who was a program participant, I know everything about them, I know their story, their struggle and their journey.
So look at a company’s reviews when you try to pick a place. Go and see what people are saying about it.
Another important way to assess a treatment center is to go to their website and find their staff page. Do some research and see who works there and also follow up on who works there full time, who has a career there. There are so many treatment centers in specific pockets that people work as consultants or independent contractors at ten different facilities. So you want to make sure that the person that you see on that page is there everyday. Look for certifications, licenses and accreditations.
At Buckeye Recovery Network we’re proud to say that we just secured our next three years of accreditation through CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). They certify a treatment facility for alcohol and drugs, for being the highest level of clinical competency and the highest level of operations.
When you look for a treatment center, check their staff page, look at their reviews, call somebody, ask to speak to someone who’s in a Director role or in a full-time position.
When you buy a car, you do research on the different models, trims, compare some, and then make a conscious choice on what to buy. But with treatment centers, because the emotions of a human being are so triggered, or the mom, dad, spouse or child is so terrified by what’s happening at the current moment, they might not be aware whether a treatment center is the appropriate fit for themselves or their loved ones.
Despite the available marketing and expensive advertising strategies, the best way to find a rehab center is by word of mouth from a friend or acquaintance. If someone had a good experience at a facility, or if they talked to the staff and felt their passion, their compassion, and their knowledge, or if a center helped them out in their own life that means they actually have good people doing good work.
However if you’ve been hiding your addiction from your loved ones and haven’t been open with people, and haven’t been telling your friends and family, that’s a difficult conversation to bring up. There’s a lot of shame when it comes to addiction so a lot of times it goes untreated. There’s nothing shameful about recovery – it can be a beautiful journey. The fact that you’re in recovery is a beautiful thing because it’s a new start to life, a new way of living that you never imagined.